an afternoon photo shoot at kate’s place

On a sunny afternoon over Christmas break, I spent a few hours with my daughter, Kate,  using her home as a backdrop for a photo shoot for my maps.  She lives in an area near downtown Columbus, called Victorian Village.  It is a neighborhood with mammoth, ornate Victorian homes on lovely tree-lined streets with brick sidewalks.  Her apartment occupies one half of the downstairs, and … Continue reading an afternoon photo shoot at kate’s place

christmas mantel

I found this lovely picture at our large fall flea market in September, and knew instantly I wanted to decorate my fireplace mantel around it for Christmas.  There was something about the picture that spoke to me and made me feel so peaceful. Snow falling and softly covering everything, always fills me with a sense of peace, especially when I don’t have to drive in … Continue reading christmas mantel

repainting the living room

Since gardening keeps me busy three seasons of the year, I save all my inside home projects for the winter months.  I find if I schedule enough of them, I am scrambling to get them all finished before spring, and it makes the winter go fast. Over Christmas break, I repainted the kitchen.  That leaves me the living room and the utility/laundry room to finish before … Continue reading repainting the living room

bedroom baubles

As I age, every year, I do a little less decorating for Christmas.  I still enjoy doing it, but my tastes have become much more simple with time.  I have slowly parted with many decorations that had been collected down through the years, and replaced them with items that make a more subtle statement, take less space to store, and less time to get out … Continue reading bedroom baubles

christmas table centerpiece

I thought long and hard about how I wanted to decorate this vintage tray for Christmas.  It is the centerpiece for my dining room table and main focus of the room.  Because it is rather deep for a tray, it was a bit more of a challenge. I decided to follow Miss Mustard Seed’s idea of using these little papier mache boxes.  They were purchased at Hobby Lobby … Continue reading christmas table centerpiece

peppermint corner

The last few years, I’ve been decorating my house for Christmas primarily in faux greens and pine cones.  I have veered away from decorating with the traditional bright red other than my peppermint collection from years ago.  I don’t really like the taste of peppermints, but I do love to decorate with them. To me, peppermints are cheerful and brighten up this end table in … Continue reading peppermint corner

photo props

This year when I went to the Springfield Flea, it was with the intent to look for photo props that I could use for my online Etsy business.  Not just any props, but props that represented individual states, or a group of states. This is mighty Montana, our 4th largest state and home to Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park. But, when I think … Continue reading photo props

feverfew

Feverfew is a flowering plant from the daisy family.  It has the sweetest little daisy heads that grow in clusters on airy stems with fernlike leaves. It is a traditional medicinal herb that is commonly used for the treatment of fevers, migraine headaches, and rheumatoid arthritis.  I’ve had migraines all of my life and never heard of this as a preventative.  Who knew? These sweet … Continue reading feverfew